I’ve been doing plenty of sketching, spending time with family and still getting time to relax. So it’s been hard to find time to blog!
It’s been really good to have time to do ‘just-for-me’ sketching which has generated new ideas to explore further. But most of all, as I’m gearing up for my Foundations Group Run-through in January, I’ve been thinking about all the concepts from the course while I’ve been doing these sketches.
In this article, I’m going to share some of these thoughts – but because it’s the holiday season these will be abbreviated! 🙂 Please let me know in the comment section below if you want any of these thoughts expanded upon!
- When was the last time I sketched a complex interior like this????
- Important first step: Nail the eyeline for this one-point perspective
- What’s my focus? The brick wall with arches (Foundations Lesson 10)
- Working out from this focus (Foundations Lesson 11)
- How can I capture the essence of this scene without having to draw everything?
Callan Park (former Hospital for the insane), Rozelle – designed by JimmyB (James Barnet)
- It was quite hard to find a good spot to sketch (good view from a shady location – it was a warm day) but when I saw this gate I knew I wanted to sketch it. It reminded me of the JimmyB Gaol entrances that I sketched during my big road trip earlier in the year.
- The composition is a little odd – but that’s what I saw from sitting on the ground 🙂
- I wanted to use my Light Blue Caran d’Ache Museum watercolour pencil for a little Minimal Setup (Foundations lesson 5) but it wasn’t in my kit… so I experimented with pink and a little lime green coloured pencil. Ah! it’s always fun to try new colour combinations.
- As I’ve recently been researching the World Wars I was thinking about soldiers who were here.
I needed to do another (larger) version of the tower!
- Let’s go wild with colour
- Sky as a colour block (Sketchbook Design)
- JimmyB liked to use arched openings and I got thinking about how Florentine the window in the tower was…
I want to start exploring new suburbs of Sydney and in my research, I discovered that Merrylands is a destination for foodies – due to a lot of good Persian and Afghan food. My sister-in-law mentioned that there was a great park there too, so I had about 30 minutes to explore the shopping area before meeting up with the family.
I walked the streets looking up all the good food places (it was 9:30am so I wasn’t actually looking to eat) and then I started to think about what I would sketch on a return visit when I have more time.
As you can see from these photos this area is not particularly picturesque! The character of the place is mainly in the signage which personally I don’t like sketching a lot. So, it was just good to wander the streets and think through these issues.
This page also shows a coffee sketch and a few colour swatches from the kids’ watercolour sets.
- Playgrounds are a fun subject to sketch… some good perspective challenges and bright colours.
- As soon as I start drawing it seems to become time to leave!
I think that my nephew asked me two very good questions:
- Why are you leaving bits white?
- Why are you not colouring within the lines?
As for the teacup… more about that soon.
- How much should I draw in ink? This is often an issue with ink and wash… you start drawing and then don’t know when to stop and when to start painting. Can you relate to this? In this case, I decided to keep drawing and leave it ink only. (Foundations Lesson 8)
- When sketching buildings like this one which have lots of parts that relate to each other I often like to start with a few pencil lines of the main shapes (what I call minimal setup) but in this sketch, I started with ink. I made an error in the first minute but the more I drew the less this mistake was noticeable. (Foundations Lesson 6)
- How much context to include (Foundations Lesson 11)
- Is there a way I can join them (Sketchbook Design – open compositions)
- Note: the colour block (Sketchbook Design) relates to the colour of the adjacent building and not the colour of the sky at the time.
FRIDAY 24 (Today)
Testing out a few new brushes from Rosemary & Co – more about them next week!
- Once you start seeing the world as shapes, even the most boring scenes can be fun. (Foundations Lesson 3)
- Both this sketch and the one yesterday are the result of my Merrylands ponderings.
A JimmyB building that I don’t think I’ve ever sketched before – Colonial Secretary building. I used five different brushes for this sketch (experimenting with different marks) and will explain more about this next week.
Sketching this reminded me of a wonderful Xmas Eve 11 years ago sketching in the gardens with Wendy Shortland… and finishing the day sketching another one of the Botanic Garden gates. See here.
I haven’t finished my pages from this morning yet… but at least I’m up to date now with sharing my sketches.
However you celebrate it (or not) I hope that you have a lovely weekend.